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OS X Lion: Open items automatically when you log in

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Open items automatically when you log in

You can open applications, documents, folders, or server connections automatically whenever you log in to your computer.

Make items open automatically when you log in

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, select your account, and then click Login Items.
  2. Click the Add (+) button to the right of the account list.
  3. Select an application, document, folder, or disk, and then click Add.
  4. If you want an application to open but not have an application window open, click the Hide checkbox next to it.

    If you select a server (disk) to connect to automatically, the Hide option has no effect. Server connections always appear in the Finder after login.

Temporarily prevent items from opening automatically when you log in

  • If you see the login window, press the Shift key while you click the Log In button, and then release the Shift key when you see the Dock.
  • If you don’t see the login window, start your computer, hold down the Shift key when you see the progress bar in the startup window, and then release the Shift key after your desktop appears.

Permanently prevent an item from opening automatically when you log in

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, select your account, and then click Login Items.
  2. Select the name of the item you want to prevent opening automatically at login.
  3. Click the Delete (-) button to the right of the account list.
Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013
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